Josh Quigley, Elixinol’s Champion of the Bike and Global CBD Advocate, arrived in Los Angeles on December 10th. It had been a gruelling month beforehand wrought with an array of setbacks so finally setting foot on American soil was a reward in itself. Josh, admittedly, has always loved America and shares an affinity for the country’s freedom-based ethos, so being there fulfilled a sort of personal satisfaction. Not only would this final leg of his round-the-world cycle give him the opportunity to visit a place he had long considered, it would also symbolise the last stepping stone in a very long journey, bringing close to a year-long chapter and bridging the gap to an entirely new one.
And while he was in America, Josh decided he would live the American Dream. His American Dream, his way, which, he decided, would include the historic achievement of crossing the United States via bicycle in just 12 days. It’s a possibility that exists entirely thanks to his drive throughout the year to continually grow and improve. Many people have cycled the across the U.S., but none, presumably, have done it in such a short amount of time. In order to obtain this monumental achievement, Josh would need to average 250 mile days, which even he appreciates the absurdity of. But as we have seen Josh consistently overcome, realising milestone after milestone in the face of adversity, absurdity, merely, becomes a state of mind.
Josh was cycling 150 miles per day in Australia and when he came back from Scotland, that number jumped to 200. So, 250 mile days are clearly the next mathematical insertion, a simple matter of completing the pattern. And just what’s so absurd about that prospect, anyway? An incredibly fit young man has been arduously training over the past year. Paired with an unwavering mental fortitude and a deep, burning desire to succeed… it’s the perfect concoction for that seeming absurdity to become a tangible reality instead. Unlikely, it might be. But unobtainable, it is not. And Josh explains how with a familiar metaphor.
When a person goes to the gym with the goal in mind to build muscle, that muscle must first be torn down in order to be rebuilt stronger. Josh boldly believes that we, as humans, operate under that same intelligence. When you break yourself down mentally, emotionally, or physically you rebuild yourself much in the same way. And he has certainly given credence to his theory. Not only does it show in his increasing physical aptitude, but he embodies it admirably with his impeccable resilience, especially during challenges. While we all possess the same faculties and the same tools, we cannot expect to obtain the same level of mental, emotional and physical control as Josh without first accepting that we must put in the work. Josh can undeniably attest to the fact that the current states of his inner and outer well-being have, accordingly, been trained and strengthened over time- like a muscle.
Josh is in the land of freedom of choice. He has chosen to actively shape his own life and destiny. He has chosen this journey. In a country that inspires big dreams and big aspirations, what better place for Josh to exercise a historical pursuit? To cycle across North America in 12 days is not impossible. It is, rather, another challenge that Josh has the opportunity to rise to. A challenge presenting the chance to flex his proverbial muscles that he has spent so much time fine-tuning along the way. A chance to fulfil his very own American Dream.